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STOKOWSKI, LEOPOLD Complete Phase 4 Recordings. Works by Beethoven, Handel, Rimsky-Korsakov, Mussorgsky, Tchaikovsky, Vivaldi, Wagner, Stravinsky, Elgar etc. Decca Classics 23cds

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Stokowski Leopold Complete Phase 4 Recordings Decca Classics 23Cds

LEOPOLD STOKOWSKI
Complete Phase 4 Recordings

CD1
1. BEETHOVEN: The Heavens Are Telling
2. Traditional: Deep River
3. HANDEL: Ombra mai fu, Serse: Largo
4. HUMPERDINCK: Hänsel und Gretel: Evening Prayer
5. J.S. BACH: Cantata: ‘Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring’
6. RACHMANINOV: Vocalise
7. Traditional: Praise God From Whom All Blessings Flow
8. WAGNER: Tannhäuser: Pilgrims’ Chorus
9. J.S. BACH: Cantata: ‘Sheep May Safely Graze’
10. TCHAIKOVSKY: 9 Sacred Pieces: Pater Noster
11. GLUCK: Orfeo ed Euridice: O Saviour, Hear Me

CD2
1. RIMSKY-KORSAKOV: Scheherazade Op.35: The Sea and Sinbad’s Ship
2. RIMSKY-KORSAKOV: Scheherazade Op.35: The Story of the Kalendar Prince
3. RIMSKY-KORSAKOV: Scheherazade Op.35: The Young Prince and the Young Princess
4. RIMSKY-KORSAKOV: Scheherazade Op.35: Festival at Baghdad – The Sea

CD3
1. MUSSORGSKY: Pictures at an Exhibition: Promenade – Gnome
2. MUSSORGSKY: Pictures at an Exhibition: Promenade – The Old Castle
3. MUSSORGSKY: Pictures at an Exhibition: Bydlo
4. MUSSORGSKY: Pictures at an Exhibition: Promenade – Ballet of the Unhatched Chicks
5. MUSSORGSKY: Pictures at an Exhibition: Samuel Goldenberg and Schmuyle
6. MUSSORGSKY: Pictures at an Exhibition: Catacombs
7. MUSSORGSKY: Pictures at an Exhibition: The Hut on Fowl’s Legs
8. MUSSORGSKY: Pictures at an Exhibition: The Great Gate of Kiev
9. DEBUSSY: Préludes Book 1: La Cathédrale engloutie

CD4
1. TCHAIKOVSKY: Swan Lake: Introduction: Moderato assai
2. TCHAIKOVSKY: Swan Lake: No.2 Valse (Tempo di Valse)
3. TCHAIKOVSKY: Swan Lake: No.4 Pas de trois – Variation III
4. TCHAIKOVSKY: Swan Lake: No.5 Pas de deux
5. TCHAIKOVSKY: Swan Lake: No.10 Scène (Moderato)
6. TCHAIKOVSKY: Swan Lake: No.11 Scène (Allegro moderato)
7. TCHAIKOVSKY: Swan Lake: No.21 Danse espagnole (Allegro non troppo. Tempo di bolero)
8. TCHAIKOVSKY: Swan Lake: No.27 Danses des petits cygnes (Moderato)
9. TCHAIKOVSKY: Swan Lake: No.29 Scène finale (Andante – Allegro agitato)
10. TCHAIKOVSKY: The Sleeping Beauty: Introduction
11. TCHAIKOVSKY: The Sleeping Beauty: No.3 Variation IV Canari qui chante
12. TCHAIKOVSKY: The Sleeping Beauty: No.6 Valse
13. TCHAIKOVSKY: The Sleeping Beauty: No.8 Pas d’action
14. TCHAIKOVSKY: The Sleeping Beauty: No.22 Polacca
15. TCHAIKOVSKY: The Sleeping Beauty: No.23 Pas de quatre (Allegro non tanto)
16. TCHAIKOVSKY: The Sleeping Beauty: No.25 Pas de quatre (Adagio)
17. TCHAIKOVSKY: The Sleeping Beauty: No.28 Pas de deux (Adagio)
18. TCHAIKOVSKY: The Sleeping Beauty: No.30 Final: Apothéose

CD5
1. VIVALDI: The Four Seasons: La primavera: I Allegro
2. VIVALDI: The Four Seasons: La primavera: II Largo
3. VIVALDI: The Four Seasons: La primavera: III Danza pastorale: Allegro
4. VIVALDI: The Four Seasons: L’estate: I Allegro con molto – Allegro
5. VIVALDI: The Four Seasons: L’estate: II Adagio – Presto – Adagio
6. VIVALDI: The Four Seasons: L’estate: III Presto (Tempo impetuoso d’estate)
7. VIVALDI: The Four Seasons: L’autunno: I Ballo, e canto de’ villanelle: Allegro
8. VIVALDI: The Four Seasons: L’autunno: II Ubriachi dormienti: Adagio molto
9. VIVALDI: The Four Seasons: L’autunno: III La caccia: Allegro
10. VIVALDI: The Four Seasons: L’inverno: I Allegro con molto
11. VIVALDI: The Four Seasons: L’inverno: II Largo
12. VIVALDI: The Four Seasons: L’inverno: III Allegro

CD6
1. WAGNER: Die Walküre: The Ride of the Valkyries
2. WAGNER: Siegfried: Forrest Murmurs
3. WAGNER: Das Rheingold: Entry of the Gods into Valhalla
4. WAGNER: Götterdämmerung: Dawn and Siegfried’s Rhine Journey
5. WAGNER: Götterdämmerung: Siegfried’s Death and Funeral Music

CD7
1. TCHAIKOVSKY: Symphony No.5: I Andante – Allegro con anima
2. TCHAIKOVSKY: Symphony No.5: II Andante cantabile, con alcuna licenza
3. TCHAIKOVSKY: Symphony No.5: III Valse: Allegro moderato
4. TCHAIKOVSKY: Symphony No.5: IV Finale: Andante maestoso – Allegro vivace

CD8
1. HANDEL: Messiah: Symphony
2. HANDEL: Messiah: Air: Ev’ry Valley shall be exalted
3. HANDEL: Messiah: Chorus: And the glory of the Lord
4. HANDEL: Messiah: Pifa (Pastoral Symphony)
5. HANDEL: Messiah: Then shall the eyes of the blind... He shall feed
6. HANDEL: Messiah: Thy rebuke...behold and see
7. HANDEL: Messiah: Recitativo accompagnato: He was cut off – Air: But Thou didst not leave
8. HANDEL: Messiah: Air: Why do the nations
9. HANDEL: Messiah: Chorus: “Hallelujah”
10. HANDEL: Messiah: Air: I know that my Redeemer liveth
11. HANDEL: Messiah: Chorus: Since by man came death
12. HANDEL: Messiah: Amen

CD9
1. MUSSORGSKY: A Night on the Bare Mountain
2. TCHAIKOVSKY: Marche slave
3. STRAVINSKY: L’Oiseau de feu – Suite: I Introduction
4. STRAVINSKY: L’Oiseau de feu – Suite: II Dance of the Firebird
5. STRAVINSKY: L’Oiseau de feu – Suite: III Round Dance of the Princesses
6. STRAVINSKY: L’Oiseau de feu – Suite: IV Infernal Dance of King Kaschei
7. STRAVINSKY: L’Oiseau de feu – Suite: V Berceuse
8. STRAVINSKY: L’Oiseau de feu – Suite: VI Finale

CD10
1. BEETHOVEN: Symphony No.9 “Choral”: I Allegro ma non troppo, un poco maestoso
2. BEETHOVEN: Symphony No.9 “Choral”: II Molto vivace
3. BEETHOVEN: Symphony No.9 “Choral”: III Adagio molto cantabile
4. BEETHOVEN: Symphony No.9 “Choral”: IV Presto: “O Freund, nicht diese Töne” – Andante maestoso – Allegro energico, sempre ben marcato

CD11
1. BERLIOZ: Symphonie fantastique: I Rêveries – Passions
2. BERLIOZ: Symphonie fantastique: II Un Bal
3. BERLIOZ: Symphonie fantastique: III Scène aux champs
4. BERLIOZ: Symphonie fantastique: IV March au supplice
5. BERLIOZ: Symphonie fantastique: V Songe d’une nuit de sabbat

CD12
1. TCHAIKOVSKY: Romeo and Juliet: Fantasy Overture
2. MUSSORGSKY: Boris Godounov - Symphonic Synthesis by Leopold Stokowski

CD13
1. TCHAIKOVSKY: Ouverture solennelle – 1812
2. BORODIN: Polovtsian Dances
3. STRAVINSKY: Pastorale

CD14
1. BEETHOVEN: Symphony No.5: I Allegro con brio
2. BEETHOVEN: Symphony No.5: II Andante con moto
3. BEETHOVEN: Symphony No.5: III Allegro
4. BEETHOVEN: Symphony No.5: IV Allegro
5. SCHUBERT: Symphony No.8 – Unfinished: I Allegro moderato
6. SCHUBERT: Symphony No.8 – Unfinished: II Andante con moto

CD15
1. DEBUSSY: La Mer: I De l’aube à midi sur la mer
2. DEBUSSY: La Mer: II Jeux de vagues
3. DEBUSSY: La Mer: III Dialogue de vent et de la mer
4. RAVEL: Daphnis & Chloë – Suite No.2: I Lever du jour
5. RAVEL: Daphnis & Chloë – Suite No.2: II Pantomime
6. RAVEL: Daphnis & Chloë – Suite No.2: III Danse Générale
7. BERLIOZ: La Damnation de Faust: Ballet des Sylphes
8. IVES: Orchestral Set No.2: I An Elegy To Our Forefathers
9. IVES: Orchestral Set No.2: II The Rockstrewn Hills Join in the People’s Outdoor Meeting
10. IVES: Orchestral Set No.2: III From Hanover Square North at the End of a Tragic Day – The Voice of the People Again Arose
11. MESSIAEN: L’Ascension: I Majesté du Christ demandant sa gloire à son père
12. MESSIAEN: L’Ascension: II Alléluias sereins d’un âme qui désire le ciel
13. MESSIAEN: L’Ascension: III Alléluia sur la trompette, alléluia sur la cymbal
14. MESSIAEN: L’Ascension: IV Prière du Christ montant vers son père

CD16
1. RAVEL: L’Eventail de Jeanne: Fanfare
2. FRANCK: Symphony in D minor: I Lento – Allegro ma non troppo – Allegro
3. FRANCK: Symphony in D minor: II Allegretto
4. FRANCK: Symphony in D minor: III Allegro non troppo

CD17
1. WAGNER: Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg: Prelude
2. DEBUSSY: Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune
3. GLAZUNOV: Violin Concerto in A minor: I Moderato
4. GLAZUNOV: Violin Concerto in A minor: II Andante
5. GLAZUNOV: Violin Concerto in A minor: III Allegro

CD18
1. BRAHMS: Symphony No.1: I Un poco sostenuto – Allegro – Meno allegro
2. BRAHMS: Symphony No.1: II Andante sostenuto
3. BRAHMS: Symphony No.1: III Un poco allegretto e grazioso
4. BRAHMS: Symphony No.1: IV Adagio – Piu andante – Allegro non troppo, ma con brio – Piu allegro
5. TCHAIKOVSKY: Marche slave
6. CHOPIN: Mazurka in A minor
7. SCHUBERT: Moment musical, No.3
8. BYRD: Pavan “The Earl of Salisbury” and Galliard (after Francis Tregian)
9. TCHAIKOVSKY: Chant sans paroles
10. CLARKE: Trumpet Voluntary
11. DUPARC: Extase
12. RACHMANINOV: Prelude in C sharp minor

CD19
1. ELGAR: Variations on an Original Theme: Theme (Andante)
2. ELGAR: Variations on an Original Theme: I C.A.E. (L’istesso tempo)
3. ELGAR: Variations on an Original Theme: II H.D.S.-P. (Allegro)
4. ELGAR: Variations on an Original Theme: III R.B.T. (Allegretto)
5. ELGAR: Variations on an Original Theme: IV W.M.B. (Allegro di molto)
6. ELGAR: Variations on an Original Theme: V R.P.A. (Moderato)
7. ELGAR: Variations on an Original Theme: VI Ysobel (Andantino)
8. ELGAR: Variations on an Original Theme: VII Troyte (Presto)
9. ELGAR: Variations on an Original Theme: VIII W.N. (Allegretto)
10. ELGAR: Variations on an Original Theme: IX Nimrod (Adagio)
11. ELGAR: Variations on an Original Theme: X No.3 Variation IV Canari qui chante (Prologue)
12. ELGAR: Variations on an Original Theme: XI G.R.S. (Allegro di molto)
13. ELGAR: Variations on an Original Theme: XII B.G.N. (Andante)
14. ELGAR: Variations on an Original Theme: XIII Romanza *** (Moderato)
15. ELGAR: Variations on an Original Theme: IVX Finale: E.D.U. (Allegro - Presto)

CD20
1. J.S. BACH: Toccata and Fugue in D minor, BWV 565
2. J.S. BACH: Well-Tempered Clavier, Book I: Prelude in E Flat Minor
3. J.S. BACH: Mein Jesu was für Seelenweh (Schemellis Gesangbuch)
4. J.S. BACH: Wir glauben all’ an einen Gott – “Giant Fugue”
5. J.S. BACH: Easter Cantata: Chorale “Jesus Christus, Gottes Sohn”
6. J.S. BACH: Passacaglia and Fugue in C minor

CD21
1. SCRIABIN: Le Poème de l’Extase
2. RIMSKY-KORSAKOV: Capriccio Espagnol: I Alborada
3. RIMSKY-KORSAKOV: Capriccio Espagnol: II Variazioni
4. RIMSKY-KORSAKOV: Capriccio Espagnol: III Alborada
5. RIMSKY-KORSAKOV: Capriccio Espagnol: IV Scena e canto gitano
6. RIMSKY-KORSAKOV: Capriccio Espagnol: V Fandango asturiano
7. DVORÁK: Slavonic Dance in E minor

CD22
1. BEETHOVEN: Symphony No.7: I Poco sostenuto – Vivace
2. BEETHOVEN: Symphony No.7: II Allegretto
3. BEETHOVEN: Symphony No.7: III Presto – Assai meno presto
4. BEETHOVEN: Symphony No.7: IV Allegro con brio
5. BEETHOVEN: Egmont Overture

CD23
1. Introduction – Background and Overview
2. The Stokowski Sound
3. Rehearsals and Stokowski’s effect on musicians
4. Personality and public persona
5. Approach to interpretation
6. Conclusion – Summary of Stokowski’s achievement and influence
7. Leopold Stokowski remembers Gustav Mahler
8. Thomas Martin recalls auditioning for Leopold Stokowski

STOKOWSKI & PHASE 4 “MORE TONE!”
Especially effective at projecting the unique Phase 4 experience were the recordings made by legendary conductor, Leopold Stokowski. It was the perfect musical marriage; at the same time, Phase 4 perfectly captured to the full the maestro’s unique imagination. “More tone! More tone!” was a favourite admonition of the Maestro to his orchestras – though what he did to obtain that ‘Stokowski Sound’ was only in part quantifiable: his brilliance as an orchestrator; strong and broad vibrato and free bowing from the strings; free breathing for the brass and woodwind; knife-edged precision of attack; and absolute perfection of ensemble. The rest was down to a telepathic communication of something less tangible that was surely down to the power of mesmerism.

A relentless innovator, Stokowski experimented with orchestral seating, famously lining up the string basses across the rear of the stage and, in an early instance, massing all the violins on the left side of the orchestra and the cellos on the right. One of the first modern conductors to give up the use of the baton, Stokowski employed graceful, almost hypnotic, hand gestures to work his magic. In his pursuit of that “spontaneous, impulsive expression” he had a fundamentally different musical outlook to his contempories (and even sometimes his own musicians). Although, regardless of whether or not they agreed with his interpretations they greatly admired his results; he commanded one of the largest audience followings in conducting history, and his influence as a popularizer of classical music was worldwide.

Stokowski’s complete Decca/Phase 4 recordings presented together for the first time marking the 40th anniversary of his passing

Includes the album ‘Inspiration’, recorded by Decca for RCA

All recordings presented with original artwork and programming

New essay by Stokowski life-long admirer and Stokowski expert Jon Tolansky

Includes bonus audio documentary with excerpts from rare recordings, rehearsals, recollections from collaborators and a private interview with the maestro


“I believe that music is spontaneous, impulsive expression – that its range is without limit – that music is forever growing
.” LEOPOLD STOKOWSKI

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